Artist of the Month
The Cherokee Sanford Museum's July Artist of the Month is Sean Lane, a Primghar native who has lived in the area his whole life and is currently the Industrial Technology Director for O'Brien County.
Lane stated that he has two passions in life - art and computers, but he decided that working with computers was more practical than being a full- time artist , so he determined that having a job working with computers would allow him to keep his artwork as a hobby. He admits that the computer has influenced his artwork considerably.
Lane does all of his artwork digitally, and he is very happy with the end results. The self -described cartoonist has developed a style that most veteran cartoonists have yet to achieve. His display at the museum features many original characters created by Lane.
"I have fun with character design," he said. " I like drawing suits. I've gotten really good at that, once I found the key to drawing them."
Lane said he was influenced by comics and cartoon shows and developed a love of cartooning while he was growing up. "I always loved draw cartoons," he explained, " but it wasn't until high school that a switch went off in my brain and I began really getting into my art. I looked back at those early drawings and just cringed."
It was that high school connection that led him to the Sanford Museum. His art teacher in high school happened to be the husband of Sanford Museum Associate Director and Artist in Residence Michele Deiber Kumm. Lane ran into his former art teacher at the Clay County Fair, kept in contact with the couple, and soon afterward, Michele invited Lane to display his works at the Museum.
Lane has brought ten pieces of his work for display at the Sanford Museum. The larger pieces are part of a continuing story on which he has been working since 2006. Many of the small pieces depict many other original characters, and a self portrait and portraits of friends are also on display.
Lane is a 2009 graduate of South O'Brien High School and a 2011 graduate of Northwest Community Collage in Sheldon, where he studied Computer Science.
His works will be on display in the Sanford Museum East Gallery during the month of July, and you can also check out his works online at kydoon.deviantart.com.